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Squadron Leader John William Eunson Duncan McGILVRAY (134533) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Lancaster I LL784

Death of Death 1944-04-11 Age : 32 years.

Served in 619 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : Plot KK. Grave 34. at Eindhoven (Woensel) General Ce, Netherlands (Map)


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Awards for John William Eunson Duncan McGILVRAY 134533

DateAwardRankName (Number)UnitRibbon
1945-12-21DFCActg Sqn LdrJohn William Eunson D McGILVRAY (134533)619 Sqdn
Notfication Only (wef ) London Gazette No. 37399, Dated 1945-12-21

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NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
1345331394263 John William Eunson Duncan McGiLVRAYLondon Gazette supplement : 35904 , Dated 1943-02-12 , Download #35904
134533J W E D McGiLVRAYLondon Gazette supplement : 36084 , Dated 1943-07-06 , Download #36084

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 11 Apr 44 Aircraft: Lancaster I LL784 Unit 619 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Noord-Brabant
DetailsTook off 2043 11 April 1944 from Coningsby. Both survivors were able to deploy their parachutes after being blown from the Lancaster as it exploded.
SourceHenk Welting's Database
Aircrew details
Recorded in CWGC
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantIvor Ronald Frank HABERFIELD (1416572) Flight Engi Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
SergeantRaymond HILLIER (1851609) Air Gunner Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Warrant OfficerAlexander Armstrong MUNRO (1075155) Air Gunner Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Squadron LeaderJohn William Eunson Duncan McGILVRAY (134533) Pilot Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce
Pilot OfficerJohn Leonard PRITCHARD (54285) Air Gunner Lancaster I LL784  IBCC 1944-04-11619 Sqdn AIR27 NetherlandsEindhoven (Woensel) General Ce

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Informations on two pilots of 619 SquadronHello, Could you help to find informations on these two pilots of 619 Squadron shot down on the night of 11/12 April 1944: F/L H J Moore of Lancaster EE116 PG-Q and who became POW. S/L John William Eunson Duncan McGilvray DFC 134533 died at the age of 32, husband of Margaret Ellen McGilvray of South Kensington,London, son of John Robert and Alice Maud McGilvray. Had a half blue for Boxing Edinburgh University. He was in Lancaster LL784 PG-W. I would like to contact the relative of these Officers, and F/Lt Moore if still alive. Thank you for your help . Alain, with all the sun from Moorea ! ....Read More.alain charpentier on 27th April 2009 08:24:13
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